Strict Rules Keep Air Quality Safe in MN Ice Arenas

(AP) — Air quality in Minnesota ice arenas is heavily regulated and could be saving people from serious medical conditions. 

Enforcers of the law said the strict rules have prevented accidents like the one in Wisconsin that sent 80 people to hospitals in December after exposures to carbon monoxide.

The Mankato Free Press reports the Minnesota Department of Health regulates air quality in ice arenas that use combustion engine powered equipment like ice resurfacers and ice edgers.

The 201 ice arenas that use that type of equipment have to run tests and keep logs.

Due to those strict regulations, the department said, there’s been just one incident in the past five years in which someone received medical treatment due to ice arena air quality.

Arenas that use electric-powered equipment do not have to test the air or keep logs. 

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